In the Lands of Silence /Nikolai and Ludmila/ 65 min

A poetic filmed portrait of two people living in Siberia – “at the end of the world.”

I am of two beginnings
life and death,
I am the ascension and the fall,
somebody and nobody,
the wax and the shell,
the reflection of Earth on the heavens…
I am the ash and the flame,
hell and heaven,
…temptation…
blindness and perception,
I am another sinful generation.
                                               Ludmila Lomakovská

 

 

“I set out for the Siberian taiga to find descendants of the ancient Hesychasts; those who love silence. Fate led me to Nikolai and Ludmila.”

 

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Ludmila is a 50-year old woman living alone on the edge of the Taiga biome, in the deserted village of Ordzhonikidze, on the banks of the river Angara in central Siberia.
She writes poetry and paints pictures. She lived in an orthodox convent.

Nikolai is a 50-year-old man living in a cottage on the banks of Angara. A fisherman and hunter, he professes the ancient Slavic pagan religion, whose highest God is ROOT. For him, to be in Nature means to be “near the ROOT,” and therefore near to God.

 

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They know nothing of each other,
yet hold many things in common.
You know nothing of each of them,
but perhaps you may hold in common many things with them...

 

 

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This filmed meeting with Nikolai and Ludmila can serve as a remembrance of one’s own “lands of silence,” existing deep down inside.

 

 

 

Running time: 65 minutes
Czech + English version
Scriptwriter: Zdeněk N. Bričkovský, Taťána Novotná
Photography: Nikolaj Koljanov
Photography and Director: Zdeněk N. Bričkovský
Editing: Zdeněk N. Bričkovský
Composer and sound: David Rotter
Poems: Ludmila Lomakovská, F.G.Lorca
Graphic: Martina Volvovičová 

premiere: III./ 2011

 

 

 

FESTIVALS, PRIZES, PRESENTATION:

 

International Film Festival One World Prague 2011 - The Award of Czech Radio Jury
46nd International Film Festival KARLOVY VARY 2011

 

 

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